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Why can't I sleep?
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Rcgop Offline

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Machine: Resmed AirSense 10 autoset
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CPAP Pressure: 6.0 - 10.0 / EPR 2
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Sex: Male
Location: Orlando Fl

Post: #1
Why can't I sleep?
I wake up several times a night and I feel I am in a battle with my therapy.
Oh-jeez
I think my CA's are a result of me breathing harder than I need to and hence hyperventilating. I get in this yo-yo effect until I can get completely awake, get up, walk around, and reset myself. After that I can relax and start over. I think I can show what I mean in this graph.

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06-16-2016 10:03 AM
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chill Offline

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Machine: DreamStation X500
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CPAP Pressure: 13-16
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Location: Vancouver, Canada

Post: #2
RE: Why can't I sleep?
My first guess is that it is the dramatic pressure increase that is waking you up. It is doubling the pressure in three minutes. And it is harder to exhale against that pressure. When you turn the machine off and on it goes back to 5 again. A higher starting point might help. Have you tried an EPR higher than 1?
06-16-2016 10:19 AM
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Rcgop Offline

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Joined: May 2016

Machine: Resmed AirSense 10 autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10
Humidifier: installed
CPAP Pressure: 6.0 - 10.0 / EPR 2
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Orlando Fl

Post: #3
RE: Why can't I sleep?
Thanks Chill,
I have tried an EPR of 2 for a short time but it didn't prove to change much. I may not have given it enough time. The change in pressure is my thought too. I am a bit cautious about changing the prescription pressure as I do not want to upset my Dr. On the other hand the best we could is the home study so he had no choice but prescribe an auto set CPAP and a wide open pressure range. (4 to 16) I was starved at 4 so I upped it to 5 but I think I need to up it some more. I seem to be comfortable at 7 or 8. The pressure never gets above 10 so I do not see limiting the high pressure at this time.

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06-16-2016 11:27 AM
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chill Offline

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Machine: DreamStation X500
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Walk-in Mask Closet
Humidifier: DreamStation
CPAP Pressure: 13-16
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: CPAP True Believer

Sex: Male
Location: Vancouver, Canada

Post: #4
RE: Why can't I sleep?
For me, I'd bump it up to 7 or 8, just to get enough air. You probably want to do that gradually over a few days or a week, depending on how you get used to the higher starting pressure.
06-16-2016 12:08 PM
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Rcgop Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 210
Joined: May 2016

Machine: Resmed AirSense 10 autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10
Humidifier: installed
CPAP Pressure: 6.0 - 10.0 / EPR 2
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: Orlando Fl

Post: #5
RE: Why can't I sleep?
Thanks Chill,
Just took a 1 hour nap with starting pressure of 6 and EPR 2. Very comfortable. Not sure how much "effective sleep" I got but I rested very comfortable. Pressure did rise to 7+ at some time with 0 events of any kind and leaks very low. I will try this setting tonight to see what over night will do.

Thanks

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06-16-2016 01:27 PM
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